1st Tobacco-Free Tulip Fest!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on May 12, 2015

We had a great time in Washington Park over the weekend celebrating the 1st Tobacco-Free Tulip Fest with “Play Hard, Breathe Easy” games, prizes, giveaways. . .and more! Hundreds of festival-goers stopped by our booth to sign a banner thanking the City of Albany for making the parks tobacco-free, to enter a sweepstakes for a Fresh Air basket (winner to be announced soon), and to earn a prize pinwheel by playing hard at Hula Hoop, Twirl ‘n Jump and sack racing.

Shout outs to the Albany Police Department for posting tobacco-free message boards in the park; to the Department of Recreation and the Department of General Services for installing the tobacco-free signage; to Special Events for getting the word out to vendors and the community; and to the City’s Administration for their support. Thanks, too, to our UAlbany SUNY and Catholic Central High School student volunteers who worked hard and played hard and to all of you who stopped by our booth to help us celebrate!

Here are just a few pics from the weekend. . .more will be posted on our Facebook page soon. If you spot yourself in a photo, be sure to comment and let us know!






































NYS Tobacco Control Saves Lives and Money

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on February 25, 2015

Things are already under way in Meeting Room 1 of the Empire State Plaza where representatives of Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities, Reality Check, and Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York along with volunteer youth leaders are available to answer questions, offer resources and give demonstrations about effective tobacco prevention programs being delivered across the state.

Acting New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker is there along with Dr. Ursula Bauer of the CDC, calling on the next generation in New York to support the measures.

Check out the news story on WNYT.

Smiles Abound at Smoke-Free Movie Night!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on February 19, 2015

Last night, more than 200 people came out for Reality Check’s Family Movie Night at Afrim’s in Colonie. The event featured a free screening of the family-friendly and smoke-free movie Up, along with free pizza, snacks, face painting and activities at intermission.  Attendees posed for photos with costumed characters Kevin, Russell and Mr. Fredricksen, in front of a hand-painted Up house and participated in activities to raise awareness of the impact of smoking in kids’ movies. Check out all the smiles and fun in photos posted on the Reality Check Facebook page.

The event was organized and hosted by Reality Check volunteer teens from Niskayuna High School and Albany County 4-H as part of the International Week of Action on Smokefree Movies. The student volunteers wore blue t-shirts emblazoned with “90%”, representing the percentage of adult smokers who started smoking before the age of 18. The teens collected parent signatures which will be combined with signatures from other Reality Check groups across the state calling upon the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to attach an “R” rating to any movie showing smoking.